The place setting where the story revolves around is the home of Tristan and James, where James has a talk with Tristan about the school. The other places mentioned are Peter Hill Primary where the play was staged. Another setting is in Chesterlea Grange where Tristan, James and their mother visited the school. Chesterlea Grange is a fully residential school for special children. It is fully equipped with facilities for the physically challenged to acquire knowledge and survival skills.
The time setting of this short story is present time.
As for the atmosphere, the setting is friendly as the family is tightly knitted and they support one another positively throughout the story.